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Q: Power steering failed suddenly

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I've been hearing a slight whining sound for last couple of weeks. Not just while steering/turning, but all the time, increasing in intensity with acceleration. This morning when I started the car there was an extremely loud screeching sound that lasted about 10 seconds and then stopped. When it stopped I started driving but a couple blocks down the road I heard a thump and then the power steering failed. After that the battery light came on and so did a light saying "check charge system." Prior to this I have not been having any other symptoms such as a bad alternator, just that slight whining sound for a while. I don't know anything about stuff under the hood but from what I've been reading I suspect broken serpentine belt....?

My car has 124000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. It is very possible that your serpentine belt has broken (especially if you’ve been hearing that sound for a while and it suddenly stopped. I’d recommend having a professional mobile mechanic come to your location and complete a steering wheel is hard to turn inspection though, as it could be related to the power steering belt or the pump itself.

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